Thursday 30 March 2017

Chile star Vidal avoids drink-drive crash trial

Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring during a penalty shootout in the Copa America final in Santiago (AP)
Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring during a penalty shootout in the Copa America final in Santiago (AP)

Chile's star midfielder Arturo Vidal has reached a deal with prosecutors and will avoid trial after he crashed his Ferrari while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Vidal, appearing before a Chilean judge, apologised for insulting a police officer, agreed to pay an undisclosed compensation to a driver involved in the crash and to donate sports equipment.

The Juventus player was also ordered to deliver motivational speeches to inmates and was banned from driving for two years.

Vidal and his wife suffered minor injuries in the June 16 crash.

He later offered a teary apology and was allowed to continue to play in the Copa America.

Chile won the South American championship at home on Saturday when they beat Argentina on penalties.

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